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TE Jacob Tamme - Atlanta Falcons

6-3, 236Born: 3-15-1985College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 4

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Jacob Tamme has been placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Julio Jones (toe) is dealing with turf toe, according to head coach Dan Quinn on Monday, December 5. The injury is not believed to be long-term - but this is known to be a painful injury to attempt to play through, so Jones is definitely iffy for Week 14 - owners of Jones (and Matt Ryan, and the entire Atlanta offense) should pay attention to Jones' practice participation during the upcoming week. Also, #2 wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a groin injury and also checked out early last Sunday during the one-point loss to Kansas City. The entire Atlanta passing attack is in flux at mid-week, friends. Matt Ryan did what he could to pull out a 'W' last week with 22/34 for 297 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (returned by Eric Berry for a TD) - he also threw a second, disastrous interception on a two-point conversion play that Berry returned for a two-point swing that led Kansas City to the 'W'. Four players were over 30 yards receiving last week - Jones (nine targets for 7/113/0); Devonta Freeman (five for 4/49/0); Taylor Gabriel (six for 5/44/0); and Levine Toilolo (one for 1/42/0). The Rams allowed 33/46 for 269 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks to Tom Brady last weekend - Drew Brees threw 28/36 for 296 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -14 yards) two weeks ago, joined by Willie Snead for 1/1 for 50 yards passing and another TD. Suffice to say that L.A. has been vulnerable in this phase of the game lately - From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Los Angeles has averaged 21 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 26.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 4.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-least). This looks like a neutral matchup for the wounded Falcons vs. a shaky pass defense - upgrade it to 'good' if Jones can play on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 8 vs GB (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

The veteran's game ended as soon as it started. He caught a route to the right sideline on 3rd and 14 to open the game and was dropped inches shy of the marker. He was slammed to the ground on his shoulder and assisted off the field to the locker room. He did not return.

2016 Week 7 vs SD (3 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)

The tight end dropped a 3rd and goal from the 9 against an LB and S play high-low zone against him. The drop led to led to a second Atlanta field goal. He later made a great catch on a ball thrown behind his back shoulder for a 17-yard score. Tamme had to reach against his momentum for the completion. He later had a play-action boot right thrown well behind him. .

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

He caught a quick slant off a play fake on the second play of the game for a first down. Later in the quarter, Matt Ryan Rushed a throw while under pressure from a blitz and bounced the ball off Tamme's facemask in the red zone. The miss-timed pass led to a field goal. He later caught a short pass from deep in Atlanta's territory in the left flat for a short gain of four in the third quarter.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Tamme was targeted on a third and goal cross and stopped inches shy of goal line. Denver's linebacker made a strong effort to push Tamme backwards on the play.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 3 / 1 rec)

Tamme scored on a flat route for a three-yard touchdown to close out the first drive. Tamme might have earned a second score if he didn't fall down on a middle screen in the first half. The play was a wrinkle on a swing pass thrown for a score to a running back last week in the red area. If Tamme didn't fall, he had a good path to the end zone. He caught the ball but he lost a yard.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' tight end earned nine yards in the second series on a play-action boot. He caught another quick pass breaking to the flat, making the play on a throw intentionally placed behind him. He was targeted on the corner fade on a third and six in the end zone but the ball was overthrown. He was the only tight end active in the passing game for Atlanta this evening.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)

Tamme was a productive part of the game plan He gained 15 yards on a 2nd and 17 pass because the Raiders blew its coverage in the middle of the field and left Tamme wide open on the seam, an easy throw and catch. Later, he earned 16 on a catch and run from a boot-action to the right flat during the third drive, getting Atlanta near midfield. He began the fourth series with a catch and run in a two tight end set, gaining off the short drop-and-throw. Ryan hit Tamme two plays later for 14 yards under the double coverage on the crossing route and the tight end scored up the seam on a 15-yard route after a 34-yard catch by teammate Austin Hooper. Tamme also earned a target at the back of the end zone against cornerback David Amerson that resulted in an interception because Ryan placed the ball on Tamme's inside shoulder. Although Austin Hooper made big plays, Tamme did little to lose his place in the pecking order.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Tamme made a key fourth-down catch late in the third quarter on a back shoulder adjustment in the left flat but the team was down by 18 at this point. He broke a tackle on 3rd and 12 inside the 30 to get Atlanta into the red zone in the fourth quarter and get the first down on a short in-breaking route. Ryan found Tamme again in the empty set after stepping up and firing over the middle with less than two minutes left and down by 7. Tamme remains one of Ryan's most reliable two-minute drill producers and zone receivers from empty sets.

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Schedule

14@ Los Angeles Rams
15vs San Francisco 49ers
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints